Unforgettable student provides motivation for Michael Pascento to take on Boston Marathon

Michael Pascento poses with student Jack in a classroom

Michael Pascento will run the Boston Marathon to empower Jack to be an advocate "for albinism and everyone who suffers from any level of vision loss.”

April 2, 2015

Michael Pascento will run the Boston Marathon® on April 20 – but not to set a new record or win the race. He’s running to raise money for Perkins on behalf of an inspirational former student who is visually impaired.

Pascento is one of five runners on the Perkins charity team who will pound the pavement from Hopkinton to Boston to raise over $25,000 for people who are blind or visually impaired. Pascento plans to raise $5,000.

Pascento will run the marathon for a former student named Jack, who attended the Sherman School in Connecticut where Pascento is the principal. Jack was born with albinism, which causes vision loss.

“Jack has taken part in (Outreach) camps at Perkins, and benefited tremendously from his experiences,” Pascento said. “This opportunity will allow Jack and I to work together to fundraise and raise awareness regarding his challenges.”

Pascento has another reason for supporting Perkins – his own son.

“My son, who is 14, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and over time he may suffer from visual impairments,” he said. “So I feel raising funds for Perkins is critical.”

An avid runner, Pascento has completed five previous marathons, seven half-marathons and the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in Florida where he completed a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and a full marathon over four consecutive days. He also bikes, swims and plays wiffle ball. Pascento lives in New Milford, Connecticut.

Pascento said he will host several community events with Jack to raise funds and raise awareness about Perkins.

“I cannot think of a better opportunity to empower Jack to be an advocate for not only Perkins, but for albinism and everyone who suffers from any level of vision loss,” he said.

To support Pascento’s Boston Marathon run and make a donation to Perkins, visit his secure fundraising page. All donations will fund Perkins’ on-campus, regional and international programs for children and adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

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